Date:Monday June 7 2010
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has strongly hinted that he is looking to bring in another striker before the season starts.
Grayson has seen the clubs leading goalscoring Jermaine Beckford leave recently on a free transfer to Everton and with the step up to the Championship next season the manager is keen to add to his strike force.
Leeds have already agreed a deal to bring in striker Billy Paynter from Swindon Town on July 1st.
Paynter enjoyed a great season in League One last season scoring 29 goals for the Wiltshire club, including four against Leeds during the season.
Grayson speaking in the YEP said, 'Billy coming here doesn't mean to say that other strikers won't be coming in as well.
'It's all a matter of what's best for the squad and who is out there. If I see an option that I think will take us forward then we'll look to get it done.
'I said straight away that Billy wasn't a straight swap for Jermaine and we never saw him like that."
Leeds have been continuously linked with Gary Hooper from Scunthorpe United and Billy Sharp from Sheffield United since the turn of the year.
Hooper enjoyed a great first season in the Championship with the Iron last season when he scored twenty goals in thirty-nine appearances and he`s now scored fourty eight goals in his two seasons at the club.
Sharp spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers in the Championship and enjoyed a successful season scoring fifteen goals in thirty-five appearances.
Both players are also being chased by a number of other clubs, Sharp has been linked with a return to Doncaster and have already had one bid turned down, Burnley were reported to have had a bid accepted by Sheffield United last week but as yet nothing as happened.
Leeds do still have a number of strikers currently with the club but only Luciano Becchio has been a regular in the side during the past season..
Becchio enjoyed another productive season scoring seventeen goals in fourty seven appearances.
Mike Grella scored four goals in twenty-four appearances of which only six games were starts.
Tresor Kandol returned to the side last season after looking like he was on his way out of the club last summer.
Kandol scored three goals in eleven substitute appearances. Two suspensions during the season, including a sending off at Norwich after only twenty seconds, the third fastest in Football League history, look like costing him any future at Elland Road.
Young striker Tom Elliott is still struggling to make a breakthrough into the Leeds side and hasn`t appeared since the start of the 2007/08 season. He spent much of last season on loan at Bury where he scored one goal in seventeen appearances.
Davide Somma signed for Leeds in a one year deal at the start of last season after enjoying a successful trial period with the club.
Somma made just one appearance for Leeds as a second half substitute in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy against Darlington, it was short lived when he suffered a hamstring only ten minutes into his debut.
He finished the season on loan at Lincoln City in League Two where he enjoyed a productive spell with the club scoring nine goals in fourteen appearances.
His form at Lincoln earned him a new one-year deal at Elland Road.
Unfortunately for Somma he will be sidelined for the first three games of next season after picking up a red card in his final game for Lincoln at Macclesfield Town on the final day of the season.
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Date:Monday June 7 2010
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